Oxfam in Kenya is advocating for a more progressive, transparent, and accountable tax and expenditure regime – which will lead to a better mobilisation of tax revenue, improved public services, and an improved quality of life for poor, vulnerable, and marginalised populations in Kenya.
Since 2016, Africa’s Voices has been partnering with Oxfam in Kenya to amplify citizens’ views on taxes, and their priorities for the national budget. For the baseline and midline study, radio shows were broadcast in three counties (and three languages) – Nairobi (Swahili), Turkana (Turkana) and Wajir (Somali), and listeners participated via SMS. Follow up SMS questions gathered data on socio-demographics and opinions.
What we appreciated the most is the nuances that AVF produced. Most studies provide disaggregated data on citizen opinions e.g. by age, gender but never go deep enough to understand the why. What are the underlying motivations? For us, those were critical because they helped us achieve a different perspective to the issue [taxation], to truly understand how people feel and have our programmes respond accordingly. AVF really brought citizen voices to the conversation and the findings were the basis of a lot of the ways we went ahead to develop the programme.